Welcome!

My name is Michael Wyman. Photography is a hobby, and it's nice to have a place to post some of the random photos I take and like. I have a normal "blog," but the normal blog-ish style is hardly a fitting setting to view photos and truly appreciate them. This website is aimed to be such a place. I'll try to post about one picture a day (give or take), and I sincerely hope that you enjoy them.

Who am I?

I am a software developer living in Seattle, originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota in the midwestern United States. In addition to photography, I'm an avid amateur musician and love to perform in classical music ensembles near my home.

I've always had cameras around, but only in the past few years have I become interested in both the more artistic and technical aspects of photography. To develop my skills further, I invested in some more advanced equipment, and a 30D (and an assortment of lenses) entered the picture...

More recently, I've made the lateral move to a full-frame 5D, with some adjustments to my lens lineup.

My main interest has been nature and macro photography. I make forays into lit studio photography (mostly as personal projects, but occasionally as a side-service to my employer). With my families' move to Seattle, I'm hoping to try more people photography; this is a challenge, with me being somewhat of an introvert. It's hard to avoid feeling self-conscious around other people with the camera in my hand.

Personal Links

  • blog.mwyman.com - My personal blog; probably destined to become populated by posts about how sucky I am at updating a personal blog.
  • www.nysaverse.org - My old personal blog; largely consisting of posts about how sucky I am at updating a personal blog.

Techie Stuff

My camera equipment has evolved over time. I currently work with a Canon 5D, but started on the similar 30D. Over time I've acquired an assortment of lenses, which I cycle through depending on whatever muse has caught me. In general order of purchase:

  • Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS
  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
  • Canon EF 28mm f/1.8
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
  • Zeiss ZE 50mm f/1.4 Planar T*
  • Zeiss ZE 35mm f/2.0 Distagon T*

I've found I really like shooting on primes. The Zeiss lenses tend to stay glued to the 5D — they're the newest, smallest, fastest (light-wise), and are built like tanks! I also shoot a lot of macro, so the 100mm gets lots of camera time. The 85mm is used when I'm likely to be doing portraits and headshots. The 28mm was my "normal" lens on my old 30D, and I'm trying to find my groove with it on the 5D.

When wide-angle is called for, I'll mostly go for the 17-40L. It's a great lens, although I often forget how wide 17mm really is! The 70-200 was my first L lens and is still great, but is unwieldy to walk around with in public. Although I probably should use it more for experience with it.

My earlier macro work was done with my 30D and an EF-S 60mm Macro lens. Both wonderful, well loved, and have now been passed on to good homes.